Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

North Korea Puts Conditions on US Talks

North Korea Puts Conditions on US Talks

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile on Sunday, South Korea's military said, a week after it test-fired a mid-long range missile which experts said marked an advancement in the reclusive state's missile program.

The rocket was sacked from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. It insisted that the USA mainland is within its range.

An official from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile appeared to be similar in range and apogee to a midrange solid-fuel missile that North Korea fired in February.

In February, North Korea used a launcher truck to fire a solid-fuel missile that it calls the Pukguksong (Polaris)-2, a land-based version of a submarine-launched missile the country revealed earlier.

Hong also held a separate one-on-one meeting with National Security Advisor H R McMaster to discuss pending issues between the two countries, including nuclear and missile tensions with North Korea and the deployment of the US THAAD missile defence system.

The missile test came just four days after liberal politician Moon Jae-in was sworn in as South Korea's new president.

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"The more the USA increases pressure against us, the more we will ramp up our efforts to boost our nuclear deterrence", a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Tillerson also said that the USA sends its messages only through public channels and the North shouldn't inquire about United States intentions "through back channels", according to the official.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests a year ago alone, possibly improving its ability to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

Kim In Ryong told a news conference that if the Trump administration wants peace on the Korean Peninsula, it should replace the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy, "the root cause of all problems".

The official said in a statement that the country's military "is closely monitoring the North Korean military for any further provocation and maintaining readiness to respond".

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